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The Kruger Park in Black ‘n White

The Kruger National Park is considered one of the worlds’ largest game reserves. Covering an immense 18,989 square kilometres (7,332 sq mi) as it extends 360 kilometres (220 mi) from north to south and 65 kilometres (40 mi) from east to west.

You can get an indepth overview of all things Kruger National Park here.

A brief history of Kruger National Park:

The Kruger National Park is seeped in a vast historical background.

Kruger National Park wildlife
Photo By HiltonT

Jakob Louis van Wyk introduces a motion to the Volksraad (old South African republic), to create a game reserve named: The Kruger National Park

President Paul Kruger proclaims the park to be a “Government Wildlife Park”; later being known as the ‘Sabi Game Reserve’. The park was initially created as a means to control hunting practices and to protect the diminishing numbers of wildlife in the surrounds.

The first park warden was appointed, the job being awarded to James Stevenson Hamilton.

James Stevenson Hamilton, Kruger Park warden
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The first tourists start making their way to the game reserve, for a getaway into the wild of Africa.

Early days of Kruger National Park
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The Sabi Game Reserve was extended and expanded upon. The Sabi Game Reserve and the neighbouring Shingwedzi Game Reserve along with the adjacent farms were combined to form ‘Kruger National Park’.

Kruger National Park in 1934
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The task undertaken to ensure the park boundaries are completely fenced begins to take shape. Work began along the southern boundary of the Kruger National Park, along the Crocodile River.

The western and northern boundaries of The Kruger National Park were fenced, followed by the eastern boundary along Mozambique. (The reason behind the fencing off of the park was to curb the spread of diseases, to allow for the facilitation of border patrolling, as well as to restrict and inhibit the movement of poachers into the game reserve.)

1994 – Present day
The Makuleke tribe submitted a land claim for 19,842 hectares (198.42 km2) in the northern region of the Kruger National Park. Once the land was given back to the Makuleke people, they chose not to resettle on the land but to rather engage with the private sectors of tourism, thus investing in the development of several game lodges.

Check out the rest of our black and white photographic archive of the Kruger National Park through the years, and see why hordes of locals and internationals tend to flock toward Kruger Park on a regular basis.

How it was back then:

Kruger National Park in 1938
Photo By Robyn Gianni

Kruger National Park Bakery, back in the day
Photo By mpumalangahappenings

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Harry Wolhunter in the Kruger National Park
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Picnic at Kruger National Park in 1934
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Satara Office in Kruger National Park, 1934
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Wildlife Wonders:

Blue Wildebeest in the Kruger National Park
Photo By HiltonT

Cape Buffalo in the Kruger National Park
Photo By UK Photographs

Elephant with calf in the Kruger National Park
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Giraffe at the Kruger National Park
Photo By Daggaboy

Hippo at the Kruger National Park
Photo By W. Marinovic

Leopard in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Jens Hiestermann

Lioness in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Leigh Diprose

Zebras in the Kruger National Park
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Crocodile in the Kruger Naitonal Park
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Vivid Vistas:

Baobab Tree in the Kruger National Park
Photo By Richard Jones

Olifants River in the Kruger National Park
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Pioneer Dam Mopani in the Kruger National Park
Photo By South Africa Tours and Travel

Punda Maria camp site in the Kruger National Park
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Kruger National Park Skyline
Photo By Emmeness

If you feel the urge to get yourself and your trusty camera to this world renown wildlife hideaway, be sure to contact us, we will be able help you find the perfect car to hire, as well as the ideal trip package, just for you.

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  1. Gravatar Deidre Joubert says:

    Hi Li-Anne,

    what a fantastic post!

    My name is Deidre`. My husband and I love travelling in the Southern parts of Africa and we’ve been doing so for the past 16 years.

    Our highlight of the year is going on the Kruger National Park trails where we are able to get far away from the rat race and everything else (including cell phone reception) and immerse ourselves in the bush and its way of life. A group of six of our closest friends joins us and we spend three days hiking in the Kruger, accompanied by two senior trail rangers. It’s a great way to re-kindle old friendships and catch up on old times. And silently walking in the bush forces you to do some introspection and get your priorities right. Some of my greatest ideas have come from these hikes!

    I’ve started a website about the Kruger Wilderness Trails at where I’ve uploaded some trail videos and photos. My husband Arno has also written some stories about our experiences if you are interested.

    We hope you find the stories and videos interesting, please comment if you do (or if you don’t, I guess). Have you ever done a wilderness trail?

    Do you mind if I post an uplink from our site to yours? Our readers share common interests and I am sure that they’ll find your Kruger Posts interesting to visit.

    Friendly African Blessings
    Deidre` Joubert

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